During COVID-19 some people may be feeling very isolated at home due to social and physical distancing. There are a number of resources available in our community to help people feel more connected.
The Lambton Public Health website has a dedicated Community Supports section, which lists various resources our community members may need during this time. https://lambtonpublichealth.ca/2019-nov…/community-supports/
Tel-Check is a free service that provides regular phone calls to seniors, people with disabilities and people living alone or with their families/caregivers. https://www.connexontario.ca/Directory/Program/15937
A brochure and referral form can be found here:
The Ontario Caregiver Organization can provide support to caregivers, which has a hotline, live chat, and virtual support group options. https://ontariocaregiver.ca/
Seniors, persons with disabilities and people with underlying medical conditions, their families or caregivers can access delivery services by visiting www.ontariocommunitysupport.ca
If you need to find access to mental health support, food services, financial assistance or more call 211 – day or night. Their community navigators can help you find the supports you need. More information: www.211oncovid19.ca. It’s as easy as dialing 2-1-1, the three digit phone number for referrals to community and social services across Ontario. The call is free, and available 24/7 to all Ontario residents.
24/7 Mental Health Phone Line Services:
• Mental Health First Response Line – 519-336-3445 or 1-800-307-4319
• Distress Line – 519-336-3000 or 1-888-347-8737
• Kids Help Phone (under 20 years old) – 1-888-668-6868, www.kidshelpphone.ca
Kids Help Phone Resources
• Good 2 Talk (17-25 years old) – 1-866-925-5454, www.good2talk.ca
• Connex Mental Health Helpline – 1-866-531-2600, www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca
Support for children during COVID-19
Are you facing new challenges as a parent or caregiver due to COVID-19? Tips and ideas on how to support and engage with children during this new and unexpected situation are available at the link below.
Full details can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/resources-parents-children.html
Ontario’s Online Portal
Ontario has launched a new user-friendly online portal for the public to easily access their COVID-19 lab test results. By offering faster and secure access to test results on their computer or mobile device, this portal will help ease pressures on public health units and frontline workers to provide this information so that they can better focus on containing COVID-19.
For more information on the Government of Canada’s response to COVID-19, refer to https://www.canada.ca/covid-19
Looking to volunteer?
The Government of Ontario is partnering with SPARK Ontario to help seniors and the most vulnerable stay connected and healthy as they self isolate during the COVID-19 outbreak.
SPARK Ontario is the province’s first bilingual volunteer hub designed to direct volunteers to where they are needed most. The needs of each community vary, but groups across the province are looking for volunteers to help deliver food or medicines, run errands or check-up on seniors and the most vulnerable by phone or email while they self-isolate.
Volunteer organizations can visit www.sparkontario.ca to post volunteer opportunities available in their communities. Ontarians interested in volunteering are encouraged to check the website for opportunities to make a difference where they live. Seniors, people with disabilities, and others in need of assistance can also be connected to essential services in their community at any time by visiting www.211ontario.ca or by dialing 211 or 1-877-330-3212 (toll free). TTY service is also available by dialing 1-888-340-1001.
The government is partnering with SPARK Ontario (www.sparkontario.ca) to encourage volunteers to assist Meals on Wheels and other programs in need of support. The program will also develop the capacity of community organizations and others to help deliver medication and other essentials. Seniors, persons with disabilities and people with underlying medical conditions, their families or caregivers can access delivery services by visiting www.ontariocommunitysupport.ca
Ways to Stay Informed
-Currently the City is monitoring developments and will provide information as circumstances & services change. Outlets of communication include Facebook, Twitter, Media Releases, and the City website.
Beginning in 2015 and especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, we use My Community Notification Network (MyCNN) to notify our citizens of emergencies and disruptions concerning the community.
If you are not receiving these notifications via MyCNN, we encourage you to sign-up so that you can be stay informed with everything that is occurring.
Thank you for your continued support.
More information is available here: My Community Notification Network (MyCNN)
-Visit the Lambton Public Health website for up-to-date information about COVID-19 risk factors (including travel advisories) and symptoms, or call Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331 or TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for direction if you have symptoms or questions.
-For businesses with questions regarding the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces, call the province’s “Stop the Spread Business Information Line” at 1-888-444-3659. Local businesses can also visit the Lambton Public Health web page for more information.
-Blackburn News has a listing of Sarnia-Lambton Closures. Information about schools and in-school child care centres can be found on the school board websites. For non-school based child care centre information, please check with the provider.
– Visit the County’s website here: https://www.lambtononline.ca/COVID-19
-Visit the Province of Ontario website here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
-Visit the Federal Government website here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
Visit the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership website here: https://www.sarnialambton.on.ca/home/covid-19-resources-for-business?fbclid=IwAR2BlSx62P3nAcFWxuQcDHq9ew69XXTAYLFSg5C5gRsga1uOtEdaPU7ouZo
-As always, should you have questions about your family’s health, contact a medical practitioner immediately.
Local News Releases
Additional Links to Resources
- SLEP Resources for Businesses
- Government of Canada COVID-19 Information
- COVID-19 Federal Benefits Finder
- Lambton Public Health Community Supports
- Province of Ontario-Face Coverings/Masks
- Summary of COVID-19 Cases in Lambton County
- Government of Canada-Be Prepared
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
- Official Ontario Government Announcements, Orders & Updates
- Develop Your COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan